Victor and Virgilia Almendarez

Missionary Profile

Ministry Focus

Having worked faithfully with the churches associated with Missions Door, Victor, his wife and their children were invited to move to the rural mountains of western Honduras to work alongside Missions Door missionary Patrick O'Connor. There they opened a new branch of the Honduras Extension Bible Institute (HEBI-West) to train new church pastors, to plant churches by extension in communities with no evangelical work, and to organize a new church association. In 1998 Victor began full-time ministry with Missions Door as Associate Director for HEBI-West. Now living in Gracias, Lempira, Victor supervises the ongoing work of the church association, oversees the pastors' extension training, and is starting chains of new churches in mountain communities. This CB association has been planting an average of four churches every year, and Victor's goal is "to faithfully serve the Lord in preaching the gospel and making disciples of Jesus Christ."

Faith Story

Victor came to Christ in 1993, after serving six years with the Honduran military. In the same year, his wife Virgilia accepted Christ as her personal Savior. Both started attending the Conservative Baptist Church in Colonia America, San Pedro Sula and were baptized in 1993. Almost immediately upon their conversion, they started serving as active leaders at their local church. Sensing God's call to full-time ministry, Victor began preaching on buses, in his work place, and in tough, local neighborhoods. In 1996 Victor finished his theological training at the Honduran Extension Bible Institute (HEBI) and began pastoring in the town of Dulce Nombre de Copan, Honduras.

Family

Victor married Virgilia in 1993, and they have four children: Rebeca, Arnaul, Esau and Sara.

Education

Theology Degree and B.A. in Missions from Universidad Teologica Latinoamerica (UTLA)

Current Projects

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Among poor but passionate people, family connections and festive occasions bring joy to life

Aside from the popular tourist spots of the Bay Islands and the Mayan ruins of Copán, the pristine Caribbean beauty of Honduras remains little known to international visitors.

But the country's exports are familiar abroad, especially in the United States. The natural resources of Honduras supply the trade of coffee, sugar cane and tropical fruit, as well as petroleum and textiles. Yet economic growth is limited by political instability and drug cartels that compromise security and development.

The people of Honduras show great passion for soccer and enjoy festive occasions with music and traditional punta dancing. They tend to keep their religious beliefs to themselves.

Extended families often live in close proximity. Hondurans welcome the company of friends and guests on the front porches of their homes, and communities gather on central plazas in most towns.

Your participation with Missions Door helps meet strategic and spiritual needs of communities in Honduras through pastoral training, leadership development, church planting, economic development, women's ministry and evangelism.

Cultural Snapshot

As Hondurans reenact the events of Holy Week, artists create elaborate sawdust carpets to decorate the trail where the figure of Jesus will walk to his crucifixion.

Faith Fact

Upper classes in Honduras predominantly adhere to Catholicism, while evangelical Protestant affiliation increases among the urban poor.

Country Profile

Population: 9 million

Major Religions: 97% Roman Catholic, 3% Protestant

Languages: Spanish (official), Amerindian dialects

Literacy: 85%

Poverty: 60%

 

 

Ministry service area:
International

Ministry location:
, Honduras